How did you justify purchasing a compact tractor w/ fel?

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  1. Grasscub

    Grasscub LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Messages: 17

    Looking at aJohn deere 2720 compact tractor with loader and lawn pre equipement ie Harley,box rake,wood chipper any experience here welcome and would recomend
  2. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    I like the mini skid steers as well. We use those quite a bit. But to answer your question as to how you justify the expense....

    I think a lot of guys get into these big purchases when they really can't justify it. They want the big toys and maybe they can even afford it. But there's a difference between being able to afford it and being able to justify it.

    I use two criteria to determine whether we should buy a big piece of equipment. 1) Can I afford to buy the machine outright (no payments) and afford the maintenance/repairs it will need? 2) Are we spending so much in rental costs each year that it makes more sense to own the machine rather than continuing to rent it? If I can say yes to both of those questions, then it's time for me to buy that machine. If not, I continue to rent it - as needed.

    I don't ever have any problem renting equipment, as needed. We just work the rental price into the price we charge the customer. Then the rental company pays for all the maintenance/repairs/replacement costs.
  3. Grasscub

    Grasscub LawnSite Member
    from Ireland
    Messages: 17

    Many thanks for your reply,have you got any experience of the John deere 2720 tractor.
    A very Happy Christmas toyou and yours and a properous new year
  4. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    I'm sorry. I haven't. Looks like a great machine, though! We use mostly skid steers and minis.
  5. TJLinc

    TJLinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    I know I'm chiming in a bit late, but I remember when we were in the same boat. Our first big equipment purchase was a compact tractor in the 25 hp range. We now have a JD 3203. We quickly outgrew the 25hp. And while I won't tell you we have 'outgrown' the 33 hp, I will tell you that our next will be in the 40 series. This is mainly bc the 40 series can handle a pallet of fert, and has a high enough lift to easily fill a dump trailer/truck. These are all things that will become more frequent issues as you grow. We have a track mini skid, a full size skid, and the 33 hp tractor. If you get the larger tractor you could eliminate the need for the skid steer in the future unless you do a lot of hardscapes (3300 lb pallets). The mini skid, and the larger tractor I feel would work better together for you, plus using 6ft implements is a great advantage.

    Just my opinion from my experiences and the experiences of others I know locally.
  6. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,358

    If you haven't checked them out, Bobcat compact track loaders are awesome.... The ct235 would be comparable to what you are looking at.... And I know they were running a campaign offering the fel for free if you bought the tractor.....

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